Buddhist mob allegedly attacks Muslims in Zanskar

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Police arrested at least three Buddhist zealots after a frenzy mob allegedly attacked a group of Muslims injuring a youth critically in land-locked Zanskar division of Kargil district Friday.

The relations between majority Buddhists and Muslims in Zansakar witnessed deep strain after 22 members of four families of Buddhists embraced Islam in 2012. On the directions of Zanskar Buddhist Association spearheading the Buddhist movement in the region, Buddhists are on complete boycott with the Muslim population residing in main historical town of Padum.

Eyewitnesses said that a frenzy mob attacked a group of Muslim youth near Uffti village when they were on way to their home. “Amanullah, a youth suffered serious injuries while the mob stripped him off and thrashed him mercilessly,” a resident of Zanskar said adding that the administration is mulling to airlift the injured youth for treatment in Srinagar or Jammu.

The father of the injured youth said that his son was attacked by unruly mob without any provocation. “How long this will continue and how long government will not providing us security,” he said.

Tension gripped in Zanskar especially in Padum where large number of Muslims took to streets, after the news about the attack spread in the town. Police swung into action and sealed all the roads to thwart the clashes between the two communities.

An administrative official in Zanskar said that situation is tense but under control. “We have taken all possible measures to maintain law and order in the division,” he said.

When contacted Superintendent of Police Kargil, Sujit Kumar said that police have registered a case against the three persons involved in the attack on the youth who according to him is out of danger. “There is no need to airlift him as the youth is out of danger. We have arrested three persons in this connection and a case vide FIR number 2/2014 under section 323, 147 of RPC has been registered against them,” Kumar said.

Chief Executive Councilor Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council Asghar Ali Karbalai said that top police officials are on job while due to efforts of SP Kargil, situation has been brought under control. “We want both the communities to live in peace and harmony as they used to live in past,” he said.  (CNS)

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